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Coffee with a Curator

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November 1, 2023 @ 10:30am 11:30am

the cultural legacy of native american artists

Join us for this installment of our Coffee with a Curator series where Museum Staff or invited guests speak on a range of Dalí-inspired topics.

In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, we are honored to collaborate with The James Museum to pay tribute to the rich cultural legacy of Native American artists. This month’s talk will feature Emily Kapes, Curator of Art, and Ernest Gendron, Manager of Research and Adult Learning, as they focus on the Indigenous perspectives and cultural influences evident in the work of Native artists featured at The James Museum.

Location: The Dalí Museum’s Will Raymund Theater (registration required) or live on YouTube (link below).

Register to attend in person at the link below. This event is free with limited capacity. An event ticket is required for entry. Gallery access is not included.

To watch the live stream from home, click below at the time of the program:

Emily Kapes

Emily Kapes is Curator of Art at The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art. Her degrees in Art History and Studio Art from the College of Charleston prepared her for gallery work, and starting in 2005, managing The Tom and Mary James/Raymond James Financial Art Collection. She led the transition of art from a corporate setting to The James Museum, planning the initial artwork the exhibition design for the eight galleries. The collection is a celebration of 20th century Western American, Indigenous, and wildlife art. Since 2018, she has managed the special exhibition calendar, including developing the current show From Far East to West: The Chinese American Frontier.

Ernest Gendron

Ernest Gendron (Wôbanaki/nehiyaw/French) is the new Manager of Research and Adult Learning at The James Museum. He has degrees in History and Political Science, and a Master’s in Heritage Management from Texas Tech University. He has worked independently as a traditional craftsman and has also worked in museums and historical sites as an educator and manager in such institutions as the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, WY and Fort Robinson in Nebraska.  His work has focused primarily on educating about history, northeastern woodlands and northern plains heritage, and telling the stories and carrying on the legacy accompanying those traditions and arts.